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Welcome. This year sees the publicatrion of The Great Darkness, the first in a new series called NIGHTHAWK. The books are set in Camrbidge during the Second World War and follow the adventures of Detective Inspector Eden Brooke. My books tend to focus on landscape; the Black Fens in the Dryden mysteries, the north Norfolk coast in the Shaw &Valentine books, Here the world inhabited by our hero is a city of narrow lanes, courtyards, alleyways and the cool green river Cam, slipping by in its medieval channel. The city is a maze, and Brooke - who grew up there in the years before the Great War - holds it in his head. A hero of the desert war, where he served with T E Lawrence, he was captured and tortured. As a result he suffers from insomnia and photophobia - an acute aversion to light. He is a nighthawk and wanders the city, seeking the occasional company of others condemned to the dark. His first mystery concerns a secret pit dug by soldiers on the riverbank, a consignment of black market meat, and the dismembered body of a young scientist, found on the banks of the river.

But don't forget my earlier books. The Dryden novels won the Dagger in the Library in 2004. The Shaw books the New Angle Prize for Literature in 2010. And the excellent short story collection The Starlings contains my own offering: The Boy Who Didin't Breathe.

I hope you enjoy the site. I'd love to hear from anyone who has read the books and wants to share thoughts / problems / opinions or just get in touch.

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